Competitors faced windy and tricky conditions and 3-4ft waves (1.5m) as competition got underway at 7:30 am. Coolum Beach was once again the location of choice, which held the best waves on the Sunshine Coast. Dane placed 2nd to Japanese surfer Yuma Nagasawa who dropped a 9.0, backed up with a 6.83 for a heat total of 15.83.
The final results were as follows:
1st: Yuma Nagasawa
2nd: Dane Henry
3rd: Chez Bos
4th: Jack Macdonald
With parallel Rip Curl GromSearch Series in over 10 countries, the series has become a crucial stepping-stone in the development of junior surfers right across the globe. The list of previous GromSearch winners illustrates the prestigious history of the series, with World Surf League (WSL) competitors Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Tyler Wright (Australia), Owen Wright (Australia), Matt Wilkinson (Australia), Jordy Smith (South Africa), Kolohe Andino (USA) and Sally Fitz gibbons (Australia) among the list of former competitors and Grom Search International Final Champions.
The Australian series is made up of five events as well as a National final. Participants for the National final are determined from the GromSearch ratings, counting a surfers best 2 results across the series. In 2018 the winner of each division in each respective event of the series will be guaranteed entry into the National final, their seed in the National final will be determined by their best 2 results total on the 2018 Rip Curl GromSearch Rankings.